I’ve started an art journal a few days ago. It was inspired by some artsy types I follow on Instagram. I love to write to get my thoughts out on paper, but sometimes I want to add some color. Art journaling has given me the space to produce a snapshot of a thought, dream, or instance in my life in full color.
The daily practice of creating something meaningful and personal has proved therapeutic. I look forward to the time with my art journal like I look forward to a conversation with an old friend. There is no judgement. No rules. Only an abundance of space and time.
I’ve shared my first few art journal entries on Instagram and Facebook, not because I want compliments or affirmation, but because I want everyone to see that art is a safe place. People who don’t believe they are creative at all can write down a few thoughts, doodle, add stickers and washi tape, and open their minds to a side of themselves they don’t even realize is there. They get to enjoy the benefits of color and freedom like every artist.
I’m new to this type of creativity but exploring and trying something new keeps my inner artist happy and excited. It may not last. My artist is a child who hops from one obsession to the next with no warning. But I wanted to share this experience with you and invite you to join me. So, I’ve created a 30 Day Art Journaling Challenge to be our guide.
30 Day Art Journaling Challenge RULES
There are no rules. Only a theme for each of the 30 days. But feel free to jump around if you’d like. A different theme may be more intriguing or fitting than the theme for that day. Do whatever feels right.
Use any medium you want. Watercolor, acrylic, Sharpies, graphite, oil, stickers, papers, ModPodge, you name it. Stick it in there. Make it unique. Make it yours.
You can start any day. And if you can’t journal every day, oh well. Just get back to it when you can. But don’t skip. Try to get 30 days into your art journal, no matter how long it takes.
Use the hashtag #30DayArtJournal. If hashtags are your thing and you’d like to share your art journal on social media. If you want to keep it private, more power to you. I want you to enjoy the process completely.
I hope you’ll give art journaling a try. Tap into your creative side. Let’s play!
Print, pin, and share this image with your creative friends. It’s more fun to play when you’ve got more people involved.
Do you already have an art journal? What’s your favorite medium? Leave a comment below and let me know how your art journaling experience is going.